Mar 19, 2019
Meat consumption has played a significant role in the evolution of human culture besides just improve the physical health of our ancestors. - Shawn Mihalik
Should we eat meat or not and why?
What impact does sustainably-sourced animal proteins have on not only our own wellness but the health of the planet as well?
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In Wellness Force Radio episode 262, Writer and Managing Editor of Paleo Magazine, Shawn Mihalik, discusses his latest piece, Can We Fix Meat?, the differences between cellular agriculture or the "lab-grown meats" and regenerative agriculture, and whether or not meat can be eaten from a moral perspective.
Why do we still have this ongoing debate on whether or not we should still be eating meat? How has the conversation shifted from being focused on morals to the environment? Find out.
In his latest article for Paleo Magazine, Shawn Mihalik explores the state of the meat industry and how we can think about meat going forward. Written for Paleo Magazine's February issue, it lays out the current landscape with regards to the issues posed by the meat industry as well as a look back at meat's role in the human evolution.
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"Meat consumption did more than just affect our ancestors physically, it also played a significant role in the evolution of human culture." - Shawn Mihalik
"If you can afford to eat grass-fed, then eat fattier cuts of meat but if you can only afford to eat traditional meat, then eat as lean of meat as possible." - Shawn Mihalik
"Crops such as wheat, rice, and soy take a lot of resources and deplete the soil. In comparison, regenerative farms, take us to a whole other level of farming. If done right, they can be carbon positive. If you were to eat animals that were raised this way, you would be actively helping the environment because it nourishes the soil, actively restores grasslands, and new wildlife if brought into the area." - Shawn Mihalik
"Most animals that we eat today are not fed the grasses that they were evolved to eat but wheat, soy, and corn which are heavily modified. This then leads the animals to develop a whole different omega 3 to omega 6 ratio than what our ancestors ate. We can still find the same type of meat that our ancestors ate but the majority of us are eating animals that have been raised in these stressful, abusive environments and we're eating the energy of these animals." - Shawn Mihalik
"Most of our current cropland is actually being used to grow the wheat, corn, and soy that is feeding factory farmed animals; not to grow what's feeding humans and that is part of why we currently have a food shortage. So, if everybody ate sustainably grown meat, we would be repurposing a lot of that land and replenishing that soil as well. In addition, we probably wouldn't be eating as much meat as we currently do now but we would be eating higher quality meat." - Shawn Mihalik
Shawn Mihalik is a writer, editor, and (maybe?) photographer. He’s the author of five books—three novels and two novellas—as well as short stories, essays, and journalism.
Shawn was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, where he worked in several restaurants. After a year studying journalism at Youngstown State University, he dropped out, moved to Pittsburgh, and wrote a scathingly hilarious novel about the world of American restaurant chains.
In 2013, Shawn drove across the country, to Missoula, Montana, where he became The Minimalists first tour and operations manager and, eventually, editor in chief of Asymmetrical Press.
Shawn currently lives in Central Oregon and is the managing editor of Paleo Magazine. An avid lover of all things analogue, he regularly contributes to TheCramped.com. He teaches a popular online writing class, How to Write Better, with his friend Joshua Fields Millburn.